This is a book of memoirs recording the interesting and fascinating life of John Reeve. From his early upbringing in Byfleet, Surrey, where the family lived before and throughout the Second World War, he then went to live in remotest Cornwall where the family set about converting a dilapidated manor house into a self-sufficient family-run hotel. This was hard work but great fun, but John had no wish to spend the rest of his life there.The call of the sea beckoned, so after leaving school he joined the Royal Navy as an officer cadet in the newly formed electrical branch. This brought with it the attraction of three years reading engineering at Cambridge. He was in the Royal Navy for twenty years during which time he married and had two children. He then joined Kodak Limited and worked at their Harrow factory for another twenty years before retiring. Both John and his wife are keen on walking and Scottish Country Dancing, so holidays would always be active ones. These memoirs, describe the enjoyment of such a life with its entertaining moments and anecdotal incidents that make for a good read.
John Reeve was born in Woking in 1931, enjoyed a conventionalmiddle-class education during which time the family moved to theCornish countryside. He then joined the Royal Navy.After twenty years in the Navy he moved on to a quieter more settled life in Watford, working for Kodak at their Harrow factory. He is now fully retired and still lives in Watford.